The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas (Portuguese: Memorias Posthumas de Braz Cubas, modern spelling Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas), also translated as Epitaph of a Small Winner, is a novel by the Brazilian writer Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (born in Rio de Janeiro City, then Imperial Capital of Brazil).

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The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas
The author dedicated this copy to the Biblioteca Nacional, the National Library of Brazil.
AuthorJoaquim Maria Machado de Assis
Original titleMemórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas
TranslatorGregory Rabassa
CountryBrazil (Rio de Janeiro)
PublisherOxford University Press (Eng. Trans. hardback edition)
Publication date
1881 (1 October 1997 Eng. translation)
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages238 p. (Eng. Trans. hardback edition)
ISBN0-19-510169-3 (Eng. Trans. hardback edition)
869.3 20
LC ClassPQ9697.M18 M513 1997

Published in 1881, the novel has a unique style of short, erratic chapters shifting in tone and style. Instead of the clear and logical construction of a normal nineteenth-century realist novel, the novel makes use of surreal devices of metaphor and playful narrative construction. It is considered the first novel of the realist movement in Brazil.